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July 10, 2024

The complete guide to employee engagement surveys

If you cast your memory back several years, you’ll remember employee engagement and culture was merely considered a popular topic for HR professionals to debate. Fast forward to the present day, culture and engagement are now presented as a key business issue, with many believing it has recently dominated the HR trend list. In fact, Deloitte Insights found that 87% of organisations cite culture and engagement as one of their top challenges, with 50% of respondents calling the problem “very important”. While improving employee engagement can help…

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July 8, 2024

What does the Labour victory mean for payroll?

In an extraordinary turn of events, Labour has stormed ahead in the 2024 UK General Election, marking the most significant shift in the country's political landscape since the Conservatives were elected 14 years ago. As businesses prepare for the changes ahead, it’s crucial for payroll professionals to understand what Labour’s proposed reforms mean for the industry. Let’s dive into Labour's manifesto and explore how these changes impact your payroll processes. A genuine living wage The introduction of a genuine living wage in the UK represents…

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July 4, 2024

Case law | Pilawa v Properties on the Market and Spericle

On the hot topic of returning to the office, this case underscores the risks of mandating such returns, especially when protected characteristics must be considered. Pilawa began working as an administrator at “Properties on the Market” on November 19, 2019. She had an agreement to work from home during severe endometriosis episodes, which was satisfactory until August 2021. On August 4, 2021, her manager criticised her sick days and performance. Pilawa's subsequent email to a director went unanswered, but an executive manager replied on September 24, 2021, stating…

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July 3, 2024

Is remote working still favoured for UK based employers and employees today?

Current work trends in the UK suggest that there is more focus than ever being given to the subject of remote working, with more organisations wanting a move back into the office, we discuss some advantages and disadvantages of remote working in 2024 and beyond! Is remote working still effective for UK organisations? Before the pandemic, remote and hybrid working had been gradually increasing in the UK. Between January and December 2019, around 12% of the workforce had worked at least one day from home…

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June 27, 2024

So what if Labour do win the election? 

It looks like labour have this in the bag, so get ready for what’s in their manifesto and how that will impact HR. If the polls are correct and the Labour Party are to win the General Election on 4 July 2024, under their plan to “make work pay”, they pledge to ”boost wages, make work more secure and support working people to thrive”. Whilst this may sound like welcoming news for employees, such a strap line is likely to cause some concern for employers.…

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June 26, 2024

The first 90 days as an HR leader: how to make an impact

The first 90 days in leadership is your opportunity to lay the groundwork for lasting impact, establish your credibility, and align your vision with your organisation’s goals. Taking on an HR leadership position is a significant milestone in your career. While the urge to jump in and make immediate changes can be strong, it’s essential to take a measured approach. Your initial days should focus on understanding the organisation, building relationships, and identifying ‘quick wins’ that can set the stage for long-term success. This blog…

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June 25, 2024

The cost-effective secret to employee engagement

By Jacqui Summons, Non-Executive Director of Moorepay and Zellis. We all know engagement strategies are good for business. I don’t need to go over the facts and figures you’ll have no doubt already pitched to the board. A highly engaged workforce equals up to 81% decreased absence, 17% higher productivity, and 21% increased profitability. And so on.* But when you get sign-off on your engagement strategy and it’s time to put it into action, there are so many tactics you may wish to implement across…

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June 25, 2024

How to create a compensation strategy

You’ve reached this article because you know your compensation strategy is directly linked to business success. Long gone are the times where a simple and fair pay packet was all you needed to keep your employees happy and, crucially, working for your company. To stay competitive you need to offer an equitable, transparent compensation package to attract and retain your top talent - your compensation strategy. In this article we’ll go through why it’s important, types of compensation you can offer, and how to create…

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June 24, 2024

What’s HR’s role in compensation, rewards, and benefits? 

As an HR pro, you’ll know the value of having a five-star compensation, rewards, and benefits package for your employees. Not only will it boost employee experience by giving your workforce access to desirable perks to help them make considerable financial savings and support their health and wellbeing, but it will also attract and retain top talent. Enabling you to compete with the remuneration packages offered by larger businesses, providing a comprehensive benefits package will give your recruitment process a competitive edge and retain your…

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June 22, 2024

What to do if you suspect an employee has an alcohol problem

Unfortunately, there are more people battling with alcohol issues than many of us realise, this can affect us personally and professionally. According to the CIPD over a quarter of people said their alcohol consumption has increased as a result of the COVID-19. As a manager, it's a difficult and problematic time when you suspect an employee could have an alcohol problem and you will most likely have a swarm of questions running through your mind. For example, when does the habit of drinking alcohol become…

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